Mus - Musca the Fly

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Intro and Visual description

One of the eleven southern constellations created by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in 1596. These were published in Plate Aaa of Johann Bayer, Uranographia (1603).

"God in his wisdom made the fly, and then forgot to tell us why," wrote Ogden Nash.  But we answer:  "The astronomers who invented Musca were Dutch, to give the Chameleon his lunch."

Constellation Info

Abbr: Mus

Genitive: Muscae

Size: 77 of 88

RA: 13 hours

Evening culmination (9 pm): May

Midnight Culmination: March, April

Decl: -70 degrees

Entirely visible from: S of 15° latitude

Partially visible from: between 15° and 26° latitude

Not visible at all from: N of 26° latitude


Bordering constellations:

Constellation - Names

Arabic: الذبابة

Chinese: 蒼蠅座

English: Fly

French: Mouche

German: Fliege

Greek: Μυία

Hebrew: זבוב

Italian: Mosca

Latin: Musca

Russian: Муха

Spanish: Mosca, Abeja

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